CrashPlan+ customers have the option to enable the backup sets feature.
With multiple backup sets enabled, you can specify which files go to which locations and with what settings. Having multiple backup sets enables faster and more convenient restores because you can store very large files locally. Using backup sets also makes it easier manage available storage, as well as bandwidth and system resources.
For example, you can back up all your files to locally to a nearby computer, AND:
- Back up your vacation photos to an offsite location, and back up important legal documents to an attached drive.
- Back up all your business files to computers on your network, and back up personal documents online to CrashPlan Central.
- Back up your Music library to your friend across town and back up wedding photos online to CrashPlan Central.
In addition to organizing backup sets based on destination, you can also have backup sets with different settings, such as different backup schedules or different retention settings. For example, you can:
- Back up one set of files daily, and have another set back up only on weekends, after midnight.
- Back up all your wedding photos with a retention setting such that deleted files will never be removed from the backup archive (in case it is a long time before you notice that they’ve been deleted), and have draft text files erased from the backup archive 30 days after they have been deleted.
You can mix and match multiple destinations with different backup settings to fit even the most complex backup scenarios. You can even adjust the priority of individual backup sets and specify the order in which backups should occur.
- Only CrashPlan+ customers have the ability to enable backup sets.
- You need to enable backup sets before you can create them.
- Enables faster and more convenient restores.
- By controlling the files going to specific backup destinations, you can better manage available storage.
- By controlling backup settings for specific backup sets, you can better manage bandwidth and system resources.